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State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton BernCanton Bern Bern (BE)
Administrative district : Emmentalw
BFS no. : 0402i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 3473
Coordinates : 615 054  /  219395 coordinates: 47 ° 7 '31 "  N , 7 ° 38' 13"  O ; CH1903:  six hundred and fifteen thousand and fifty-four  /  219395
Height : 502  m above sea level M.
Height range : 479–627 m above sea level M.
Area : 6.57  km²
Residents: 575 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 88 inhabitants per km²
Mayor : Thea Aebi-Keller ( SVP )
Koppigen and surroundings, photographed from a balloon on April 16, 2011;  Alchenstorf can be found in the picture above Koppigen in the center of the picture

Koppigen and surroundings, photographed from a balloon on April 16, 2011; Alchenstorf can be found in the picture above Koppigen in the center of the picture

Location of the municipality
Brienzersee Kanton Luzern Kanton Solothurn Kanton Solothurn Verwaltungskreis Bern-Mittelland Verwaltungskreis Interlaken-Oberhasli Verwaltungskreis Seeland Verwaltungskreis Thun Verwaltungskreis Oberaargau Aefligen Affoltern im Emmental Alchenstorf Bätterkinden Burgdorf BE Dürrenroth Eggiwil Ersigen Hasle bei Burgdorf Heimiswil Heimiswil Hellsau Hindelbank Höchstetten BE Kernenried Kirchberg BE Koppigen Krauchthal Langnau im Emmental Lauperswil Lützelflüh Lützelflüh Lützelflüh Lyssach Mötschwil Oberburg BE Oberburg BE Oberburg BE Röthenbach im Emmental Rüderswil Rüdtligen-Alchenflüh Rüegsau Rumendingen Rüti bei Lyssach Schangnau Signau Sumiswald Trachselwald Trub Trubschachen Utzenstorf Wiler bei Utzenstorf Willadingen Wynigen ZielebachMap of Alchenstorf
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Alchenstorf (in local dialect : [ ˈɑu̯ (χ) ɪʃˌtoːɾf ]) is a municipality in the Emmental administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland .


Alchenstorf is 500  m above sea level. M. , 8 km north of the district capital Burgdorf (linear distance). The farming village extends on the eastern edge of the alluvial plain of the Emme , in the valley of the Wynigenbach between the heights of Grossholz and Wildberg , in the Swiss plateau .

The area of 6.6 square kilometers large municipal territory includes a portion of the glacial Rhone glacier over-molded Molassehöhen east of Emmeebene in Bernese Midlands. The area is crossed by the valley of the Wynigenbach with a flat valley floor about 200 to 400 m wide from southeast to northwest. On its south side, the valley is flanked by the height of the Wildberg ( 557  m above sea level ). The Moostal , a dry valley , creates the level connection from the Wynigenbach to the upper Önztal . The entire valley system of the region was created during the last ice age by the meltwater runoff on the edge of the Rhone glacier.

The eastern border of the municipality runs over the Ieschberg , on which at 626  m above sea level. M. the highest point of Alchenstorf is reached. This isolated hill is bordered by the Wynigenbachtal, Moostal and Wynigental. To the north, the municipality extends over the broad ridge of the large wood ( 588  m above sea level ). In 1997, 7% of the municipal area was accounted for by settlements, 32% for forests and woodlands and 61% for agriculture.

Alchenstorf consists of the clustered village Unteralchenstorf ( 499  m above sea level ) at the exit of the Wynigenbach into the Emme level, the long street village Oberalchenstorf ( 506  m above sea level ) in the valley of the Wynigenbach, the hamlets Wil ( 511  m above sea level ) in the Wynigenbachtal between Wildberg and Ieschberg, Tannhölzli ( 520  m above sea level ) on the north slope of the Wildberg, Mösli ( 490  m above sea level ) and Tannwald ( 500  m above sea level ) in the lower section of the Wynigenbachtal as well as several farm groups and individual farms . Neighboring communities of Alchenstorf are Höchstetten , Hellsau , Seeberg , Wynigen , Rumendingen , Ersigen and Koppigen .


With 575 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2018), Alchenstorf is one of the smaller communities in the canton of Bern. 98.6% of the residents are German-speaking, 0.4% French-speaking and 0.4% speak Serbo-Croatian (as of 2000). The population of Alchenstorf was 648 in 1850, and 615 in 1900. In the course of the 20th century the population showed a slightly decreasing tendency. Since 1970 (552 inhabitants) only minor population fluctuations have been recorded.


The voting shares of the parties in the 2019 National Council election were: SVP 50.6%, BDP 15.2%, SP 9.0%, EVP 2.9%, GPS 6.1%, glp 5.1%, FDP 3.5 %, EDU 1.8%, CVP 1.4%, pirates 0.9%.


Alchenstorf was a predominantly agricultural village until the second half of the 20th century . Even today, arable farming , fruit growing , livestock and dairy farming have an important place in the income structure of the population. Further jobs are available in local small businesses and in the service sector. In the last few decades the village has developed into a residential community. Many employees are therefore commuters who work mainly in the Burgdorf region and the Solothurn area .


The community is located away from the major thoroughfares on a connecting road from Koppigen to Wynigen . The closest connection to the A1 motorway (Bern-Zurich) is around 8 km from the town center. Alchenstorf is connected to the public transport network through a Postbus course , which covers the route from Wynigen via Koppigen to Burgdorf .


Aerial photo from 1954

The municipality of Alchenstorf has been settled since earlier times, which has been proven by traces from the Neolithic and the remains of a Roman estate. The place is mentioned in a document in 1257 as Alcherstorf and appears in 1275 as Alchestorf , 1276 as Alkistorf , 1316 as Alcherzdorf , 1353 as Algestorf . The place name is composed of an Old High German personal name Alcher or Alker and the basic word village 'Weiler, Hof, Dorf, Gut, Stadtviertel', which is common in Alemannic settlement names .

A church in Alchenstorf is mentioned from 1275 to 1471, but its location could not be precisely located. The village and the church were owned by the Carthusian monastery Thorberg and since 1528 by the Thorberg office. Since the beginning of the 15th century, Bern had sovereignty over the area. Alchenstorf was assigned to the Landvogtei Wangen and the Koppigen district court. The church was also affiliated to the parish of Koppigen in 1420.

After the collapse of the Ancien Régime (1798), Alchenstorf belonged to the district of Wangen during the Helvetic Republic and from 1803 to the Oberamt Burgdorf, which received the status of an official district with the new cantonal constitution of 1831. At the beginning of 1888 the previously independent community of Wil bei Koppigen (84 inhabitants were counted in 1880) was incorporated into Alchenstorf.


In the old town center there are numerous characteristic farmhouses in the Bernese country style from the 18th and 19th centuries. Alchenstorf does not have its own church, it belongs to the Koppigen parish.


  • Andreas Aebi (* 1958), National Councilor (SVP), farmer and tour operator
  • Adrian Käser (* 1971 in Alchenstorf), King of Wrestling 1989
  • Matthias Sempach (* 1986), wrestling king, grew up in Alchenstorf and lived there

Web links

Commons : Alchenstorf  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Permanent resident population from STAT-TAB of the BfS , municipalities see also regional portraits 2020 on, accessed on May 29, 2020
  2. a b Andres Kristol: Alchenstorf BE (Burgdorf) in: Dictionnaire toponymique des communes suisses - Lexicon of Swiss community names - Dizionario toponomastico dei comuni svizzeri (DTS | LSG). Center de dialectologie, Université de Neuchâtel, Verlag Huber, Frauenfeld / Stuttgart / Vienna 2005, ISBN 3-7193-1308-5 and Éditions Payot, Lausanne 2005, ISBN 2-601-03336-3 , p. 81f. Specified phonetic transcription : [ ˈɑuχɪʃˌtoːrf, ɑuɪʃˌtoːrf ]
  3. ^ Results of the community of Alchenstorf. State Chancellery of the Canton of Bern, October 20, 2019, accessed on July 21, 2020 .